EDUC 352 : Adolescence

Education and Social Work

2021 Semester One (1213) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Selected aspects of adolescent psychology including theories of development and an examination of contemporary issues in development such as positive youth development, cognitive transitions, family and peer contexts, sexuality, identity, and psychosocial problems.

Course Overview

Adolescence is such an important, exciting, yet challenging time of life. Important because decisions made during adolescence often have a profound and lasting impact on future opportunities. Exciting because adolescence is full of endless possibilities. Challenging, because navigating opportunities and possibilities can be difficult. Through this interactive course you will develop a deep understanding of adolescence including the ability to challenge the common stereotypes associated with the live stage. 

Course Requirements

Prerequisite: Any 45 points passed at Stage II Restriction: EDUC 343, 344

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities
Graduate Profile: Bachelor of Arts

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Identify and describe the major changes that occur during adolescence and the related social consequences of such change (Capability 1.2, 1.3, 2.2, 3.1, 4.1, 4.2 and 6.2)
  2. Understand and evaluate contemporary models and theories which explain the social and cultural processes in adolescent development and positive youth development (Capability 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 6.1 and 6.2)
  3. Identify, explain and evaluate the key developmental tasks and issues facing adolescents (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 6.1 and 6.2)
  4. Critically evaluate the contemporary myths of adolescence (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Test 30% Individual Test
Essay 30% Individual Coursework
Final Exam 40% Individual Examination
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4
Final Exam

Students must achieve a total of at least 50 marks (or a 50% average) to earn an overall pass on this course.

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard [15] point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect [2] hours of lectures, [3] hours of reading and thinking about the content and [5] hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience or Online

This course is offered in two delivery modes:

Campus Experience

Attendance is expected at scheduled activities including lectures / office hours to complete components of the course.
Lectures will be available as recordings. Other learning activities including office hours will not be available as recordings.
The course will not include live online events including group discussions.
Attendance on campus is required for the test and exam.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.


Attendance is not expected at scheduled online activities including  lectures / office hours to complete  components of the course.
The course will not include live online events including group discussions  and these will be recorded.
Attendance on campus is not required test and exam.
Where possible, study material will be released progressively throughout the course.
This course runs to the University semester/quarter timetable and all the associated completion dates and deadlines will apply.

Learning Resources

Many of the essential readings for this course are drawn from the following required textbook: 
Steinberg, L. (2019). Adolescence (12th ed. / International Student ed.). New York: McGraw Hill. 

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

In 2019 100% of students who completed the course evaluation were satisfied with the quality of the course. One student commented:
I love how the slides where just straight and direct to the point. We had clear learning objectives. The lecturers were also great. You can tell that they cared about you, which is very rare at university. They provided tutorials for the literature review which was super helpful. Thank you also for the feedback for our assignment.

Other Information

Although there are no tutorials for this course, students are highly encouraged to attend the 'office hours'. These are offered to help students prepare their assignment and for the exam. 

Digital Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and your assessment is fair, and not compromised. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the University Website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course you may be asked to submit your coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. The final decision on the completion mode for a test or examination, and remote invigilation arrangements where applicable, will be advised to students at least 10 days prior to the scheduled date of the assessment, or in the case of an examination when the examination timetable is published.

Published on 07/12/2020 07:30 p.m.